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Playing with Language: Three Language Games in the Gulf of Guinea

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Title:Playing with Language: Three Language Games in the Gulf of Guinea
Authors:Agostinho, Ana Lívia
Araujo, Gabriel Antunes de
Keywords:language documentation
language games
Creole languages
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Date Issued:Mar 2021
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Agostinho, Ana Lívia & Gabriel Antunes de Araujo. 2021. Playing with Language: Three Language Games in the Gulf of Guinea. Language Documentation & Conservation 15: 219-238.
Abstract:We present a description and an analysis of three related language games in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea: Fa d’Ambô’s Fa do Vesu, Lung’Ie’s Faa di Vesu, and São Tomé and Príncipe Portuguese’s P-language. We show how these language games can be used to investigate the linguistic features of their main languages and as learning resources for second language learners. First, we defend the common origin of these language games and that they emerged from contact with Portuguese settlers’ Língua do Pê’s varieties. Second, we discuss phonological issues, such as syllable structure, focusing on the loci of onglides, offglides, syllabic nasals, and word prosody. Finally, we discuss how these ludlings can help speakers, learners, and linguists perceive phonological properties as well as the contribution of describing and analyzing language games for language documentation.
Pages/Duration:20 pages
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Appears in Collections: Volume 15 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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